NTSB Identification: NYC08FA298
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 30, 2008 in Lawrenceburg, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2009
Aircraft: MOONEY M20C, registration: N6480U
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While approaching the destination airport at the conclusion of a cross country flight, the pilot contacted the fixed based operator via radio and advised that he was approaching the runway. Witnesses observed the airplane maneuvering in the vicinity of the airport, before the engine lost power. The airplane impacted trees and terrain about 1/2-mile northwest of the approach end of the runway. Examination of the wreckage revealed that only trace amounts of fuel remained in both fuel tanks, and within the carburetor float bowl. Fuel staining was observed along the underside of the airplane; however, the origin of the fuel stains could not be determined. No evidence of any other pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures were observed. The quantity of fuel onboard the airplane at the time of the departure could not be determined.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

A loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.

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